Sampler of the Month!







Lately, I love purple and so that is how I saw my finish of this pretty and simple sampler called A Prairie Girl’s Sampler from Midnight Stitching. I stitched this on 32 count lambswool linen with a selections of pretty purple threads I put together and used in a random way. It fits in a standard 8×10 frame this way. Jane likes it too!

I’m offering this as a kit this month. The kit includes – the design, linen, purple thread pack, purple border fabric, and finishing trim. I will sew your fabric to the linen (no charge) for you if you request it or send it un-attached if you like to sew your own. I used glue (gasp) to attach the trim. I’ll leave that for you to affix as you desire. Please note this fits in an 8×10 frame WITH the fabric attached, the linen is too small for that on its own. The little dish shows my leftover thread after stitching this up with a sample thread pack. Lots of room for changing your mind as you play with the colors.

I have a limited number of kits with this fabric, if there is a 2nd version I will update the blog and webshop as needed.

Happy Stitching!

PS – I’m sorry but I am not divulging the thread colors used for this project, it’s my own secret blend. Feel free to refer to my blog photos for a stitching guide (color-wise only please) or do your own thing! Have fun with Purple :0)

PPS – Happy Birthday to my sister who is a year younger than me….she just turned 28, again!


NEW Prairie Schoolers!

We interrupt this Valentine message……







Love them!

These are at the webshop now! I offer the option to substitute the new Mini Card pack for the Santa design please request in the notes sections when you check out…read set descriptions for details. The set prices are also reduced to help off set your shipping costs.



Rocky Mountain Wednesday + Heart









Here are a few snowy evening vistas from our drive to church Saturday night. We still have a fair bit of snow here but it’s supposed to be in the 60s this weekend so it won’t be here much longer.

Yesterday’s heart is from Farm House in BBDs Anniversaries of the Heart sereies. I personalized this for my grandmother. EJD are her initials, 1906 is when she was born and the love of her life was my Grandpa Otto which is what the O stands for above the house. This is her wedding photo and also a picture of them on their farm in Western Michigan.

Amber and I admired this pretty Valentine display of treats on our weekly shopping morning…I leave you with today’s heart (and it’s cat hair embellishment), more tomorrow.


Be Mine!








I think the Calendar Girls from Little House Needleworks are so sweet. Here’s my version of February’s little lady. I used the threads listed and stitched this over 2 on Light Mocha Cashel linen. I have enough linen for 4 more projects this size so I’ve listed some semi-kitted designs at the webshop.

As a Valentine week breakfast treat I whipped up some white chocolate, raspberry French toast this morning. It was really yummy! I think it was pretty too. As usual I made way more French toast than we needed so I’ll be zapping it for future meals for the next few days. I’m not sorry there are extra berries and chocolate too :0)

Here’s the whole sampler from yesterday’s heart. It’s got a very romantic theme. It’s by Brenda Keyes and sadly I don’t see it available at her webshop any longer. Do check out her other beauties, several are on my wish list and I have the Providence Sampler well underway.

Here’s another heart from my Sampler Wall, more about that tomorrow.

Wishing you sweet things this week!


Heart Week








Getting ready for Valentine’s Day, I thought I would make a week of it!

I made some special cookies (graham crackers, dipped in melted chocolate chips & sprinkled) and almost have enough hearts for a banner! I’ve also noticed how many of samplers on my sitting room sampler wall include a heart – but more of that tomorrow.

Here’s the pattern for knitting these sweet wool hearts

Wishing you a week filled with love!


birthday fun








Yesterday was my birthday. A big one! We had a very nice family party, Amber did all the baking & cooking. I spent a good part of my day doing extra special things like cleaning! Doesn’t the kitchen look shiny? I’ll spare you the master bathroom but it’s shiny too.

I was spoiled with all manner of good things! Naturally there was cake, German Chocolate and very fancy, she also made this. Tyler gifted me a Craftsy class I’ve had my eye on. Amber & Evan gave me some fun things for my terrarium and Kellen & Ethan have added considerably to my knitting fun and comfort with a book I’ve wanted and a nice ottoman for the living room. Jerry is home for the weekend which is probably my favorite thing!

Looking forward to the ‘BIG GAME’ this weekend (the ottoman will come in handy,) just in case you don’t know who we’re rooting for, here’s Kellen with a hint….

Now I should go clean my sewing room (with its very snowy view) some more.


PS – just saw my neighbor ski by out the sewing room window :0)


warm hands



This is a bit of a Post-Christmas make and bake.

I made some mitts for my sister and sister-in-law, a scarf for Tyler’s birthday (warm neck in this case) and a pair of mittens for myself. I even knitted a pair of mittens for a child in Afghanistan.

The treats are pretty self-explanitory. Ethan’s favorite warm drink at the moment is warm milk with all the fixings….

for my sister, Felicity Mitts, size small, Palette Yarn, Bluebell

for Tyler, Rasta Rib Scarf, Malabrigo Rasta Yarn, Zarzamora

for my sister-in-law, Snowfall Mitts, Stroll Tweed Sock Yarn, Garnet Heater

for a child in Afghanistan, Basic Pattern for Children’s Mittens with 4 Needles, size small, Lamb’s Pride Worsted, Roasted Coffee

for me, same pattern as above, size medium, Malabrigo Worsted, Geranio. I used my leftover yarn to make hearts for a Valentine’s garland. The heart pattern is here.

If you would like to knit wool, socks, hats, or mittens for Afghanistan they are accepting donations through the end of January 2014. Be sure to email them when you send your package and they will let you know when they receive it, donations are shipped to California for collection. You can read the guidelines here.


Christmas Sweets & Treats









I hope your Christmas was Merry and that the New Year will bring you Great Things!

We had lots of treats here, the sweet kind and a few new things for my kitchen.

Christmas morning we enjoyed a hot cocoa bar, I made a slight adjustment to a basic crockpot cocoa recipe. You can find one from Country Cottage Needleworks in the 2013 Ornament Just Cross Stitch issue and also on Pinterest. I only used about 1.75 cups of chips (I used mini-chips and saved the other 1/4 cup for sprinkling) and added a bit of sugar and baking cocoa to the mix. I had several other choices for dressing up each cup and of course lots of whipped cream!

I have a new color in my Fiestaware collection – Lapis. Very pretty and already in use. Santa also left a little gadget in my sock for poaching eggs. I’ve tried it out with pretty good results, it will take a bit of practice to perfect but it will be a handy thing to have around.

I still have Flamingo (a dark pink) Fiesta on my kitchen wishlist! I think it will look perfect with my other colors.


O Christmas Tree….









and baaaad kitty!

Merry Christmas!

Share a link to your tree in comments! Hope your Holidays are coming together sweetly.